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A RESTAURATION ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND PART-EBONIZED AMBOYNA STRIKING MANTEL REGULATOR WITH EQUATION OF TIME, CENTRE SECONDS, YEAR CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE: 'REGULATEUR DE CHEMINEE'
A RESTAURATION ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND PART-EBONIZED AMBOYNA STRIKING MANTEL REGULATOR WITH EQUATION OF TIME, CENTRE SECONDS, YEAR CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE: 'REGULATEUR DE CHEMINEE'

BY ROSSE L'AINE A EVREUX, THE DIAL SIGNED BY DUBUISSON AND DATED 1820

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A RESTAURATION ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND PART-EBONIZED AMBOYNA STRIKING MANTEL REGULATOR WITH EQUATION OF TIME, CENTRE SECONDS, YEAR CALENDAR AND REMONTOIRE: 'REGULATEUR DE CHEMINEE' BY ROSSE L'AINE A EVREUX, THE DIAL SIGNED BY DUBUISSON AND DATED 1820 CASE: glazed, with female monopodiae to the front angles above relief mounts of winged female figures, interlaced brass inlays to panel at front of plinth DIAL: set within the front glass, with detachable ormolu bezel to white enamel chapter ring, signed Rosse L'Ainé à Evreux and Dubuisson 1820, outer annual date ring, the centre skeletonised, blued steel hands (pierced blued steel star for hour, Breguet style mean minute hand, starburst solar minute hand), further blued steel date pointer MOVEMENT: vertically-positioned twin barrels, dead beat pinwheel escapement for knife edge suspended pendulum with fine adjustment to the crutchpiece, seven second remontoire, countwheel strike on bell; pendulum, winding key 18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) high, 11½ in. (29 cm.) wide, 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high
Provenance
Acquired from La Pendulerie, Paris.

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Etienne Rosse is recorded as Horloger de la Ville in Evreux in 1813, and as making a complicated astronomical regulator with seven dials. Rosse Aîné, probably the same maker, is recorded in Paris, rue Vieille du Temple (1830) and then rue de St-Quentin. He was awarded a bronze medal in 1849.
Case mounts of apparently identical design may be seen on a mahogany table regulator by Lory illustrated in D. Roberts, Precision Pendulum Clocks: France, Germany, America and Recent Advancements, Atglen, 2004, p. 99, fig. 31-14B and on another by Bourdier, in the Spanish royal collection, p. 77, fig. 29-13. Roberts also illustrates similar cases with 'Egyptian' monopodiae.
Etienne Gobin, known as Dubuisson (d. circa 1822), watch and clock enameller, worked at Chantilly and Sèvres as a flower painter. He is later recorded in the Rue de la Huchette in the 1790s before moving to Rue de la Calandre around 1812. See also lots 563 and 569.

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